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Gravity wonders

ESA Top News - Mon, 20/05/2019 - 15:45

Space Science Image of the Week: Black holes provide an extreme cosmic laboratory to test some of the strongest gravity fields in the Universe

Young Star Cluster Trumpler 14 from Hubble

APOD - Mon, 20/05/2019 - 14:00

Why does star cluster Trumpler 14 have so many bright stars? Why does star cluster Trumpler 14 have so many bright stars?


Rho Ophiuchi Wide Field

APOD - Sun, 19/05/2019 - 12:00

The colorful clouds surrounding the star system Rho Ophiuchi The colorful clouds surrounding the star system Rho Ophiuchi


Ash and Lightning above an Icelandic Volcano

APOD - Sat, 18/05/2019 - 10:00

Why did a picturesque Why did a picturesque


Living Planet highlights

ESA Top News - Fri, 17/05/2019 - 15:00

As the biggest Earth observation conference in the world draws to a close, we take a look back on some of the week’s highlights

Mission control 'saves science'

ESA Top News - Fri, 17/05/2019 - 14:57

Every minute, ESA’s Earth observation satellites gather dozens of gigabytes of data about our planet – enough information to fill the pages on a 100-metre long bookshelf. Flying in low-Earth orbits, these spacecraft are continuously taking the pulse of our planet, but it's teams on the ground at ESA’s Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany, that keep our explorers afloat.

Week in images

ESA Top News - Fri, 17/05/2019 - 14:12

Our week through the lens:
13 - 17 May 2019

Satellites yield insight into not so permanent permafrost

ESA Top News - Fri, 17/05/2019 - 13:10

Ice is without doubt one of the first casualties of climate change, but the effects of our warming world are not only limited to ice melting on Earth’s surface. Ground that has been frozen for thousands of years is also thawing, adding to the climate crisis and causing immediate problems for local communities.

Earth from Space

ESA Top News - Fri, 17/05/2019 - 09:05

In this week's edition from the Living Planet Symposium in Milan, we feature a Copernicus Sentinel-2 image of the Po Valley

Po Valley

ESA Top News - Fri, 17/05/2019 - 09:05

Earth observation image of the week: Copernicus Sentinel-2 takes us over the Po Valley in northern Italy

Milky Way, Launch, and Landing

APOD - Fri, 17/05/2019 - 08:00

The Milky Way doesn't look quite this colorful and bright to the eye, The Milky Way doesn't look quite this colorful and bright to the eye,


A quarter of glacier ice in West Antarctica is now unstable

ESA Top News - Thu, 16/05/2019 - 19:30

By combining 25 years of ESA satellite data, scientists have discovered that warming ocean waters have caused the ice to thin so rapidly that 24% of the glacier ice in West Antarctica is now affected.

Take a deep breath

ESA Top News - Thu, 16/05/2019 - 12:40

With air pollution a global concern, satellites provide vital information about air quality to help understand how to keep our planet breathable

The air we breathe

ESA Top News - Thu, 16/05/2019 - 12:05

Air pollution is a global environmental health problem, especially for those living in urban areas. Not only does it negatively impact our ecosystems, it considerably affects our health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 8 million premature deaths per year are linked to air pollution, more than double of previous estimates.

Where science meets art

ESA Top News - Thu, 16/05/2019 - 11:30

New exhibition ‘Fragility and Beauty – taking the pulse of our planet from space’ opens in Milan, Italy

Halley Dust and Milky Way

APOD - Thu, 16/05/2019 - 06:00

Halley Dust and Milky Way Halley Dust and Milky Way


Monitoring Earth’s shifting land

ESA Top News - Wed, 15/05/2019 - 16:00

The monitoring of land subsidence is of vital importance for low-lying countries, but also areas which are prone to peculiar ground instability.

Reprogrammable satellite takes shape

ESA Top News - Wed, 15/05/2019 - 15:04

The payload and platform of the first European satellite that can be completely reprogrammed after launch have been successfully joined together.

The assembly of Eutelsat Quantum took place in the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France, on 10 May.

3D Earth in the making

ESA Top News - Wed, 15/05/2019 - 14:00

A thorough understanding of the ‘solid Earth’ system is essential for deciphering the links between processes occurring deep inside Earth and those occurring nearer the surface that lead to seismic activity such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the rise of mountains and the location of underground natural resources. Thanks to gravity and magnetic data from satellites along with seismology, scientists are on the way to modelling inner Earth in 3D.

Proba-V is six

ESA Top News - Wed, 15/05/2019 - 13:50

Technology image of the week: the snow-capped peaks of New Zealand’s South Island, taken by ESA’s Earth-observing minisatellite, into its sixth year in orbit
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